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f Whereof I know you are fraught, and put away These dispositions, which of late - transform you From what you rightly are.
Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse! Whoop, jug, I love thee.
Lear. Does any here know me? i Why this is not Lear. Does Lear walk thus ? speak thus ? where are his eyes? Either his potion k weakens, ' or his discernings Are - lethargy'd-Ha! waking? 'Tis not so. Who is it that can tell me who I am ? Lear's shadow? I would learn P that; for by the marks
Of substantiality, knowledge, and reason, I ņould be faft persuaded I kad daughters.
& Perhaps this is a mistake of the printer, for wherewith. To be fraught of, is hardly English.
& The qu's read that for which.
The qu's read sleeping or waking; ba! sure 'tis not fo. • The fo's, R. and 7. read
who I am. Fool. Lear's fuadow.
Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman, 6c. All but the qu's omit that. 9 The qu's read (bating that they have not the two of's between the crotchets which are put in by P. and read by T. H. and W.)
of sovereignty, [of] knowledge, and [of] reason,
I should be false perfuaded I had daughters. Now it is plain that knowledge and reason are not the marks of sovereignty, for then every man would be a king: therefore Shakespear could never write fovereignty, as it stands in the qu’s. Again if we admit of Pi's of's (but it in unlikely that two omillions of the same word Mould happen to near toge
1 Fool. Which s of thee will make an obedient father.
Gon. ' Come, sir ;
ther) then by H''s explanation of it, the farereignty of knowledge is the understanding. So we shall have this sense, For by the marks of understanding end of reason I fould be false perfuaded I had daughters. Who sees not how bald this is ? The plain case is this; Lear says he would learn whether he is a feadow or no : for by knowledge and reason, the consciousness of which grove him to be a substance, he should be fully persuaded he had daughters ; though the behaviour of this is enough to make him doubt it. So that the fenfe fcems naturally to lead us to alter sovereignty to fubfiantiality, and falfe to faft, full, or firm.
" This speech is omitted in all but the qu's.
s The qu's read which they will make, &c. So that of thee is set down conjecturally.
! So the qu’s; the rest omit come, and read fir after admiraticn.
1 The qu's read deboyft; the fo's and R.'s oft. detofb'd; all the rest dedeucb'd.
3 The fo's read makes.
For instant remedy. Bed then desir'd
Lear. Darkness and devils !
Gon. You strike my people, and your disorder'd rabble Make servants of their betters.
Lear. h Fool! that too late repent' t-io, sir, are you come? Is it your will? speak, sir. [To Alb.] — * Prepare
[To his servants.
The qu's read ikou for then. e All before P. read a little for of fifty.
A little is the common reading; but it appears from what Lear fays in the next scene, that this number fifty was required to be out off, (which as the edition stood) is no where specified by Gonerill. P:
f So the qu’s; all the rest remainders.
h The ist q. reads we thai too late repent's; the 2d we that too late real pent's us: the rest woe! that too late repenis. But what sense can be made of any of these readings? The above is not an unlikely conjectare.
i The fo's, R. and P: omit 0, sir, are you come?
k R. and all after direct this whole verfe to be spoken to Albany; but the Lacier part of it is certainly spoke to his servants. He was going to ask whe
Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend,
Alb. m Pray, fir, be patient.
[To Gonerill, Niy train o are men oi choice and rarest
Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant,
Lear. It may be so, my lord
ther it was Albany's will that he should be used thus; but his rage and impa-
H. reads pray you, fir, be patient. The qu's omit this speech.
The ist 4. reads li,7 for liejt ; the ad leffen.
So the qu's and H. the rest read O Lear, Lear, Lear!
The qu's omit of what hath moved you.
G L E A R.
[Exit: Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, 2 whereof comes this?
Gon. Never afflict yourself to know a the cause, But let his disposition have that scope, b That dotage gives it.
Lear. What, fifty of my followers at a clap? Within a fortnight?
Alb. What's the matter, fir?
w The qu’s read abou'rt difictu'd for thwart disnatur'd.
y The qu’s read go, g', my people. But away, away, seems better than a repetition of the words he had used at the end
he speech fore. At the same time (for the fo's and R. direct Exit, which is omitted by P. and all after) he flings out in a rage ; but returns presently to vent more reproaches and curses, which his rage suggested.
2 7. reads wherefore.
a So the qu's; the ift f. reads for the cause, more of it; the rest of it, omitting more. b The fo's, R. J. and H. read as for that.